Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy Resigns from Virginia Board of Education
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy has resigned from his post on the Virginia Board of Education.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy voluntarily resigned from his post on the Virginia Board of Education.
Bellamy released a statement Wednesday, and informed Governor Terry McAuliffe's that he would leave his appointed position, effective immediately.
Today, I informed Governor McAuliffe that I have decided to resign from my appointment to the Virginia State Board of Education. I would like to redirect my attention and focus to my family, the children and young people whom I serve, and to the City of Charlottesville. I want to thank Governor McAuliffe, Steve Staples, Billy Cannaday, and the rest of the State Board and staff for their support and faith in me.
Bellamy, who is also a teacher with Albemarle County Public Schools, is under fire for past posts on his Twitter account that many consider vulgar.
25th District Delegate R. Steven Landes (R), who represents portions of Albemarle and Augusta counties, says the type of language Bellamy used is unacceptable and called for his resignation.
“Mr. Bellamy’s racist, sexist and outrageous tweets are repugnant. It is especially disturbing to see these comments come from an individual who serves on Virginia’s Board of Education,” said Landes.
Bellamy has issued an apology for his Twitter posts, and is currently on administrative leave with pay from his computer science teaching position.